U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) has introduced the Accelerating the End of Breast Cancer Act (S. 3237), legislation designed to establish a commission dedicated to completely eliminating breast cancer.
“This bill sets an ambitious goal of ending breast cancer by 2020, and will help drive our efforts going forward to put an end to this tragic disease,” Whitehouse said in a release.
The commission would identify promising research, encourage partnerships between government and the private sector and create opportunities for trans-disciplinary collaboration for ending the disease, according to Whitehouse’s office.
The bill is cosponsored by U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-Maine), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Lisa Murkowski (R-Ark.), Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), Dean Heller (R-Nev.), Mark Warner (D-Va.), and Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa). It is also supported by the Rhode Island Breast Cancer Coalition.
A similar bill was introduced last year in the House by Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.). That bill, H.R. 3067, currently has 206 cosponsors.